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The Negative Effects of Cloud Computing

negative effects of cloud computingWill Cloud Computing bring about the End of the World? Read on to find out why it’s more than a fringe possibility…

 

Everyone is talking about the benefits of cloud computing.  They rave about the potential developments in business, communication and home innovation…

But what about the flipside?

Why is no one discussing the very real possibility that cloud computing could usher in the end of the world as we know it?

Well, we’re going to change that today.

 

The Dark Side of the Cloud

There are some extremely negative effects of cloud computing technologies.  Of these negative effects, security is most frequently discussed.

It’s understandable.

Cloud computing presents some very serious problems when it comes to protecting information.  It diminishes the user’s physical control over their data by hosting it on off-site servers.  This has people worried because it is the most obvious, immediate concern.

But the security of a single person’s data is far from the most serious threat that cloud computing presents.

 

Interconnection and the Domino Effect

In today’s intertwined world, we’re running into a bit of a conundrum…

Progress is driving an increasingly complex layering of networks and infrastructure.  And our reliance on those systems is becoming more and more essential, while our awareness of their fragility rapidly wanes.

In short, we take it for granted that cloud computing will always be there.   We assume our apps will work and our files will be there.  In fact, we DEPEND on it.

This is an extremely risky mentality to maintain.  Our ability as a society to fix contained problems is pretty refined.  But when it comes to integrated systems, we have to consider something called the Domino Effect.

 

Imagine Something Negative

Economists often call them “Black Swan Events“.  They’re unexpected.

So let’s pretend that a major technological hub is struck by a serious power outage.  For example, New York City suffers an electromagnetic overload from a massive solar flare.  So not only is the power out, but circuits are fried.

In this believable circumstance (solar flares have happened throughout history), New Yorker’s don’t have access to their computers– which is problem enough in itself.

But there are bigger fish to fry…

New York is host to many servers that store information in “the cloud” and keep it accessible to users and employees all around the world.  And now none of  those people have access to their data either.

What would otherwise be a contained, regional problem has instantly become a worldwide disaster.

Consultants can’t access their travel itineraries,

Business owners can’t access their stock portfolios,

Manufacturers can’t see their purchase orders.

Once a domino falls, things can get complicated very quickly…!

 

We Are Not Prepared

We simply haven’t put the time into developing fail-safes that protect our new way of life.  We’ve grown so quickly in technological terms, we aren’t present to the dangers that our progress presents.  We haven’t had enough experience.

That could come back to bite us in an extremely profound way.

Without an extensive network of data backups, we leave ourselves vulnerable.

And that leaves our vision of the future, well…

pretty cloudy.

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Luc Aaron

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